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Morton Kiel Kranitz

automotive executive

Morton Kiel Kranitz, American automotive executive.


Kranitz, Morton Kiel was born on February 10, 1926 in St. Joseph, Missouri, United States. Son of Louis and Miriam (Saferstein) Kranitz.


Student, Platt School Business, St. Joseph, 1949.


Manager Dalton Shoe Corporation, St. Joseph and Fort Dodge, Iowa, 1947-1950. Factory representative Amano Shoe Manufacturing, Sierra Shoe Manufacturing, Los Angeles, 1950-1953. Owner Morton's Dry Cleaners, Denver, 1953-1958.

Manager Les Femmes Shoe Store, Abilene, Texas, 1958-1959, Pelletier's Shoes, Midland and Odessa, 1959-1961. Store supervisor, buyer Given Brothers Shoe and Apparel Chain, El Paso, 1961-1962. Manager Williams Auto Sales, Tucson, 1962-1966.

Used car manager O'Rielly Chevolet, 1966-1970. General manager, part owner Precision Toyota, 1970-1990. Owner Kranitz Automotive Group, since 1990.


Dinner chairman University Arizona Athletic Department, Tucson, 1981, 82. Delegate Democratic Party Arizona, Tucson, 1985. Journal. chairman National Jewish Hospital Dinner, Tucson, 1987, 88, 89.

Dinner committee American Cancer Celebrity Concert, Tucson, 1988-1990, 92-93. President Tucson Hebrew Academy Parent-Teachers Association, 1972-1974. Vice president Congregation Anshei Israel, 1979-1983, board trustees, 1974-1983.

Board directors Better Business Bureau, since 1993. With United States Air Force, 1943-1945. Member Old Pueblo Executive Club (president 1985, Plaque 1985), Tucson Classics (vice president 1985-1988, board member 1983-1988).


  • Other Interests

    Tennis, swimming, walking, hiking.


Married Oleta Mae Sullivan, October 1, 1945 (divorced 1953). Married Sallie Ann Jaramillo, January 21, 1964. Children: Mortina, Lizbeth, Abra, Eran.